Indian aviation sector to employ 1 lakh people directly in the next 2 years

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), on Monday, August 8, said the Indian aviation sector is likely to employ 1 lakh people directly in the next two years.

According to figures stated by MoCA, the current direct employment number stands at 2,50,000 which includes pilots, cabin crew, engineers, technicians, airport staff, ground handling, cargo, retail, security, administrative and sales staff.

Indian aviation sector to employ 1 lakh people directly in the next 2 years

“Conservative estimates show that the current direct employment in the aviation and aeronautical manufacturing sector is around 2,50,000 employees. This is expected to increase to around 3,50,000 by 2024,” Reported PTI citing the MoCA. The ministry said the ratio of indirect to direct jobs in aviation is around 4:8.

“To cater to the expected traffic growth, the fleet size of Indian carriers is expected to grow substantially which would require an additional… around 10,000 pilots during the next five years,” it added.

During 2019, 2020 and 2021, at least 2,368, 400 and 296 pilots were recruited, the ministry stated in the report, adding that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued 862 Commercial Pilot Licenses in 2021, which is an all-time high.

During 2019, 2020 and 2021, at least 2,368, 400 and 296 pilots were recruited

Keeping the aim of building human capital, the MoCA has mentioned that there are a total of 35 Flying Training Organisations in India, which are approved by the DGCA.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said the country’s aviation sector is poised for phenomenal and healthy growth in terms of passengers, aircraft and airports, with the number of air travellers projected to touch 40 crores by 2027.

Scindia emphasised growth in the market, fleet and airports. He mentioned that India is going to add 15% capacity, which boils down to 100 or 110 aircraft per year and it is looking to at close to 1,200 aircraft by 2027.

India is going to add 15% capacity, which boils down to 100 or 110 aircraft per year and it is looking to at close to 1,200 aircraft by 2027.

At present, India has a total of 136 airports, out of which only 109 are operational. Out of the 109, 24 are customs airports and 75 are domestic. While the number of operational airports has gone up in the last decade, the passenger handling capacity has also increased significantly from 219.96 million in 2014 to 407.27 million in 2022.

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The report mentioned that capital expenditure in the civil aviation sector rose as well from INR 1,399.87 crore in 2014-15 to INR 5,418.73 crore in 2022-23. The domestic tariff has more than doubled, from nearly 61 million in FY 2013-14 to around 137 million in FY 2019-20.

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